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Childbirth Surprise 4: Trauma on the Table

Trauma on the Table—  

You may want to be prepared for some of the less glamorous elements of labor and delivery.

Those who choose an epidural you may find it surprising to also be connected to a catheter, “a small, flexible tube inserted through the urethra into the bladder.”

The fact of the matter is that you will be receiving a large amount of fluid with your epidural to keep your blood pressure within the range of normal, hence the catheter.

Also you may be surprised that not only does an epidural dull the pain your bottom half and legs are paralyzed temporarily.

Not only will your urine be expelled, but many women poop when it’s time to push. You are enacting the same muscles that you use to defecate, thus it is only natural that your body would do both.

Try not to fret about such a minor incident. Did I just say minor???

Okay it is what it is and Doctors and nurses see it every day in the labor and delivery field They’ll clean it up before you even know what happened.

Watch the next video to see childbirth surprise 5: baby meconium

 

 
 
 

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